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Tumbler Ridge Trip – June 23rd – 25th, 2017

The photo club went to Tumbler Ridge a couple of weeks ago. I’ve spent some time putting more effort into editing my images and making a proper workflow for myself. I’m happier with my images and the results. I’ll post a few images below but I’m still processing, so there will be more posted in my flickr share in the days to come.

First though, I want to tell you a story of listening to “experts”. I have struggled with getting my images “sharp” for along time. Sometimes I nailed it, sometimes – not. I’ve asked over the years and I’ve been told many things. I’ve tried the katzeye but that didn’t seem to help me get consistent results. I tried the zoom in till you’ve zoomed all the way while chimping. But nearly everytime I got an image onto my computer when I zoomed in to 100% there was a problem with the focus. My images were, well – soft at best to much of the time. I’ve started obsessing with what was going on and finaly a month ago I had a breakthrough.

You see, I’ve been listening to “experts”. I had heard and was told over and over that lenses were created to operate best (sharpest) at F9 to F11 and I simply accepted that. My breakthrough came when I took a picture on a really bright sunny day (so a really fast shutter speed) and while sitting (so little body movement) of a sign (so absolutely stationary). It was soft – again. It finally occurred to me to try different apertures and I did.

The lens I was using was the lens I use most often, a Tamron 70-300 and boy was I suprised to find out that F8 was not sharp. The sweet spot for my lens turned out to be F19 – F22. I finally feel like I can take pictures again! Well, in Tumbler Ridge I did just that.

The club arrived at the hotel Friday night and we did our usual pot luck dinner.

Saturday morning we headed over to the Dinasour Discovery Gallery. From there we went to see the dinasour tracks along the Flatbed Creek. Afterwards we went for lunch near the city hall and then off to Bullmoose Marshes. We went to Western Steak House for dinner (I won’t do that again, see my review in the link) and then to Quality Creek Falls.

Sunday morning we headed out to the Shipyard-Tatanic Hiking Trails. Let me just say “OMG!” What a gem we have there.

I stayed at my son’s place Sunday night and headed home Monday and I’m glad I did. Stopping along the way I had the pleasure of taking pictures of wildlife I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to.

Better than that though is now that I know what is wrong with my hit/miss sharp pictures – I took hundreds of really nice images. Here are a few for you with more in my flickr share (with more to come there) here https://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.


Colkin ND Grad Filter – August 16, 2015

I recently purchased the Colkin ND Graduated filter kit. I wanted to try it out with a little landscape photography and share the differences in my pictures with you.

From a vantage point across the Fraser River I wanted to use the City as my subject while also including the river and the sky. The sky was looking fairly cloudy in some spots and stormy like in others.

With the Sun to my left I started playing with the circular polarizer. Gently rotating it in the holder to maximize the effect. I tried a few shots with my 70-300mm Tamron lens. Then I added the 1 stop ND graduated filter and cycled through the other two, a 2 stop and a 3 stop. The results were exactly what I was hopping for!

I took the path down to another lookout over the river where I could get the river, the city and the stormy sky in one shot with minimal (aka none) pokies. I switched my lens to my 30mm Sigma, slid the polarizer in and the 3 stop graduated ND into the holder – Nice!

I’m happy with the purchase. Not too happy with the price since the Canadian dollar has plummeted which drove the cost up. But – I’m not planning on dropping out of photography any time soon.

Using my 30mm I took three identical images. The first showing the combined efforts of the polarizer and the 3 stop graduated ND filter on the image. The second using just the lens and the third image I tried adjusting the image exposure to lessen the brightness.

In DxO OpticsPro 10 I added the effects I like to the first image and made a temporary preset which I then applied to the other two images – making them get the exact same DxO treatments. I can safely say that without the filters in place I would not be able to reproduce these results with them using just software. Compare the results for yourself.

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Full size resolution and the remaining images I took are on my Flickr share here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwgagel.

Interested in seeing me exposed?

Your in for a surprise then! This blog is about my steep learning curve in photography. Since I’m still beginning its not to late for me to blog about it. So I just figured I’d expose my learning curve as I take exposures while I’m learning.

I bought a DSLR camera just before Christmas 2009 and got it in the mail right around New Years. I can’t recall if I got it before or after Jan 1, 2010. Its been a steep learning curve ever since.  Since getting the kit camera, a Nikon D90 by the way. I’ve added a new lens, a Tamron 90 mm Macro F/2.8, a LED ring light, a dual battery compartment, a monopod and a tripod to my gear.

I haven’t used the monopod much at all. I need to buy a ball head to make it really useful. The tripod was given to me from a member of the Prince George Photographic Society, I just had to buy the little part that attaches to the camera and holds it to the tripod. A quick release plate, but I don’t recall the exact name.

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